/ SECTION ___. A. Section 59-40-100 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 164 of 2012, is further amended by adding an appropriately numbered subsection to read:
"( ) A special public school that is funded directly by the State of South Carolina and, therefore, is not associated with a public school district may apply to become a public charter school if it serves as a professional development school for an institution of higher learning's teacher education program. If a special public school becomes a public charter school pursuant to this subsection, the provisions of Section 59-127-75 do not apply.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if the qualifying special public school becomes a public charter school, it shall be deemed not to be a converted charter school."
B. This SECTION takes effect upon approval by the Governor and applies beginning with the 2013-2014 school year for any special public school that applies to become a public charter school by May 1, 2013. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.